You: A Novel Gene Story: “Personal Genomics: The Promise and the Perils of the Genomic Dream” with Jessica Miller, Ph.D. on Tues., July 10

It is cheaper and easier than ever to analyze your genes and to obtain information about ancestry and to help diagnose, manage and treat genetic disorders. But with new genomic technology comes new ethical issues for individuals and societies. Join Jessica Miller, Ph.D., an ethics and philosophy professor at the University of Maine and staff clinical ethicist at Eastern Maine Medical Center, for a talk about the ethics surrounding genetic testing at the Jesup Memorial Library on Tuesday, July 10 at 7 p.m. This talk is part of “You: A Novel Gene Story” a series of talks about personal genomics which is part of the Primary Source series, a partnership between the Jesup Memorial Library and The Jackson Laboratory.

Miller specializes in ethics, bioethics and feminist theory. She has published several articles on the theory of trust and distrust as it pertains to her main research fields. She is also an active health care ethics consultant and educator in the community at large. At the University of Maine, she is the chair of the Department of Philosophy and the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Interdisciplinary Programs.

The next talk in the series will be on Tuesday, July 24 at 7 p.m. with Dr. Jens Reuter, Dr. Carol Bult and Dr. Andrey Antov from the Jackson Laboratory who will be talking about The Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative (MCGI). The mission of MCGI is to enable widespread access to clinical cancer genomic tests for the Maine oncology community and to increase the understanding of cancer genomics by Maine oncology clinicians.  The MCGI, enabled through the generous financial support from The Harold Alfond Foundation, leverages the strengths of key medical and bioscience research institutions in Maine to create and alliance focused on precision cancer diagnostics and treatment.

For a full list of programs in this series visit jesuplibrary.org/primarysource and for more information contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or mrice@jesuplibrary.org.